Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Silent Partner 

The owner of a lucrative orchid business is charged with murder after her husband loses stock shares in a poker game to a sleazy ex-con. A phone call from the hostess at the game saying she was poisoned springs Perry into action.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lola Florey - Eldorado Hostess
Harry Marlow
Anne Barton ...
Mildred Kimber
Bob Kimber
Cyril Delevanti ...
Michael Emmet ...
Sam Lynk
Joe Abdullah ...
Mack Fried
Henry Hunter ...
Dr. Rubin
Dawn Richard ...
Ginger Kay - Cigarette Girl
Smitty Veteran Reporter (as Jimmy McCallion)

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Harry Marlow who owns a chain of florist shops wants a share of Mildred Kimber's lucrative orchid business. He hires Sam Lynk to run a crooked card game to obtain stock in the business from Mildred's husband Bob who has a gambling habit. Sam wins the shares as he receives a call from his girlfriend. After a scuffle between Bob and Marlow, Sam and hostess Lola Florey quickly get Bob out of the room but Sam reneges on giving Marlow the shares. Lola who is miffed at the lack of attention from Sam decides to tell Mildred about the crooked game and provide proof to her and Mason the next morning. However, that evening Perry receives a call from Lola saying she has been poisoned by a box of chocolates she received at the club. Perry contacts Tragg who is able to get her address. She is rescued in time by Perry and Tragg. Perry realizing Mildred is in serious trouble visits the sick woman. He goes to see Sam Lynk but finds him dead with Mildred's prescription box near the body. Perry has to ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

19 October 1957 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Lt. Tragg answers the phone late at night, in the bag of groceries he is carrying in the very distinguishable balloon-decorated packaging of Wonder Bread. See more »


After the fire is extinguished at Lola's apartment, the furniture shows no damage. See more »


[first lines]
Mildred Kimber: It's just beautiful, Mr. Tulloch. It was worth waiting seven years to get a bloom.
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Version of Perry Mason: The Case of the Candy Queen (1965) See more »

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Watch it for Peggy Maley!
20 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Others have written about the plot. This episode should be watched because lovely blonde Peggy Maley as Lola is so prominent in it. She is perfect as the shopworn moll who is mad at her straying boyfriend. Peggy Maley brings the right combination of beauty and tawdriness to the part.

An earlier reviewer asked: Whatever happened to her? She reached an age where there were fewer parts for actresses so she left Hollywood -- and the entertainment industry -- to manage her Dad's restaurants and bars. After several years of this, she married a man and became a (I believe childless) housewife for several years. Then they divorced and she got other jobs.

According to a relative I talked to, she was never bitter about her Hollywood years but always spoke of them fondly. She also remained attractive into her old age and died in her 80s.

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